Mr. Louis Stevenson B.A.

Mr. Stevenson was born and brought up near Myrtle, Ontario. He educated himself by much hard work. He attended Victoria College in Belleville before it was amalgamated with Toronto University. He won three gold medals in one year which was an accomplishment. He was a specialist in science and mathematics.

Before coming to the High school in Oshawa, he was principal of the high school in Perth. During his teaching days here he was in charge of the science department. He was an excellent teacher and tolerated no nonsense in his classes. Those classes were not made any more pleasant for those who did not have their science notes in order.

There was no comparison between the courses in physics and chemistry then and the ones of today. On looking back they seemed rather simple, things we have now were unheard of then.

The following were a few of the items found in the science rooms. The equipment for the physics course consisted of the electric light, telephone; telegraph (key sounder and relay) these were hooked up with dry cells. There were also wet batteries, apparatus for teaching static electricity and light. Mr. Stevenson made some of the gadgets used in the classes, himself. The chemistry room was equipped with metal sinks and tungsten burners. The acids and other needed substances were provided by the school.

The students of the Botany classes were required to make collections of weed seeds, these were dried put in pill bottles and labelled. Leaves of deciduous trees, plants (weeds and wild flowers) were pressed and mounted. Collections of butterflies were also made. A nauseating job was to make a collection including tomato worms, spider, crickets and grasshoppers, caterpillars etc. and pickle them in a bottle of wood alcohol for winter use in the classes. Also the dissecting of certain animals in the zoology classes was not conducive to a good appetite. The pickled insects were fished out with a pair of forceps[1].

[1] It seems there may be more to this section, but it cannot be found in the original manuscript.


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